The government is investing an additional €5 million in the Connected Hubs network, which now includes more than 200 remote working hubs.
A new mobile app will allow remote workers and digital hub users to book their workspaces in Ireland’s growing network of connected hubs.
The government will also invest €5 million through its Connected Hubs 2022 funding call to improve existing remote working facilities across the country.
The initiatives were announced by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys, TD, today (21 February) at the Mill Enterprise Center in Drogheda, Co Louth. They are part of a nationwide awareness campaign by Humphreys Department and the Western Development Commission to promote the benefits of working from these centers.
Last year, the department of Humphreys invested 5 million euros to support the development of a national network of connected hubs. It was part of the government’s five-year rural strategy launched last March and promised to create a network of 400 rural work centers across the country.
Humphreys said today that the number of connected hubs in Ireland will exceed 200 this week, “meaning we are already halfway to our target of 400 hubs nationwide”.
“Today represents the next chapter in our remote working journey,” she added. “I’m really excited to launch the new Connected Hubs mobile app, which will make it easy for workers to book their office space in their local hub.”
The application can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. It allows users to find their nearest hub and book office space online.
In addition to the new $5 million fund to upgrade hubs across the country, Humphreys said his department will “announce additional funding for the development of new remote working facilities” over the coming weeks and months. to come.
Over the past two years, hubs have been developed in unused buildings that previously housed Garda stations, schools, stations and banks.
Last July, digital hubs got a boost when Humphreys’ department invested $8.8 million in 117 remote work projects nationwide.
The deadline for submitting applications for the Connected Hubs 2022 funding call is April 4. The minimum grant available per single hub is €10,000 and the maximum grant is €75,000.
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